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snap something up

 
1. Lit. to grasp something quickly. Karen snapped her pencil up and strode out of the room. Harry walked through the kitchen and snapped up two cookies on the way.
2. Fig. to purchase something quickly, because the price is low or because the item is so hard to find. (Fig. on {2}.) We put the cheap shirts out for sale this morning and people snapped them up in only a few minutes. They snapped up the bargains quickly.
3. Fig. to believe something eagerly; to believe a lie readily. They are so gullible that you can say anything and they'll snap it up. They will snap up anything that sounds good.
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snap up

Snatch for one's own use, as in As soon as they lower the price we intend to snap up the house; it's exactly what we want . [Mid-1500s]
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snap up

v.
To acquire someone or something quickly and eagerly: The fans of the band snapped up all the tickets the day they went on sale. The large corporation snapped many of its competitors up.
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